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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 64 - The magic was inside the Sixers all along

The Sixers moved to 4-2 across this recent stretch without Joel Embiid

NBA: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 21
Ben Simmons - 17
Jimmy Butler - 8
JJ Redick - 6
Tobias Harris - 3
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Landry Shamet - 1
Corey Brewer - 1
Boban Marjanovic - 1
Mike Scott - 1

After dropping 70 points in the first half, the Sixers had their lead cut down to two points in the closing minutes. However, some clutch Philadelphia shots and fortunate open misses by the Magic allowed the Sixers to come away with the 114-106 victory. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

JJ Redick: 26 points, 5 rebounds, 0 turnovers

Facing the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2006, Redick broke out of his post-All-Star break slump in a big way in the first half, draining five triples before heading to the locker room. For the game, he finished 6-for-9 from behind the arc, allowing his teammates to flow into open lanes as Orlando’s defense had all eyes on JJ flying around the court. If you’re wondering what his season-high for made 3s is, it’s eight. That game also came against the Magic. Do you think that’s a coincidence?

Jimmy Butler: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 turnover

Overall, it was a fairly quiet game for Jimmy. With JJ hot early and six Philadelphia players finishing in double figures, Butler was able to mostly focus on the defensive end. When called upon, though, he stepped up in a BIG way. With the Sixers up just two with three minutes remaining, it was Iso Jimmy time. Butler first rocked back and hit a fadeaway jumper over Jonathan Isaac. A couple possessions later, he answered the call again with a long step back jumper to make it a 3-point game. The next time down the court, Jimmy assisted on the Mike Scott 3 to put the game to bed. Butler has a remarkable ability to shift from role player mode to superstar mode as needed. The Sixers needed it tonight.

Tobias Harris: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

Death, taxes, and Tobias Harris scoring at least 20 points: those are the things Sixers fans are learning to count on as inevitable. Harris reached the mark for the seventh straight game, shooting 8-for-15 from the field as part of his usual, efficient brand of basketball. Another guy playing against his former club, Tobias helped clean up the boards and made a great weakside block of Wesley Iwundu near the end of the third quarter. I thought Brett Brown summed up Harris’ game well in his post-game press conference: “There is a sort of quiet assassin that just sort of moves. I think that there is a grace about how he plays.” Just a bunch of sound basketball plays for Harris, who makes it look easy in racking up another big stat line.

Ben Simmons: 16 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

Tuesday night was one of those near-triple-double games that come so easily for the former LSU Tiger. Simmons could have had a bigger night if a couple more putbacks and drives to the hoop didn’t just barely bounce out of the basket. But he and Mike Scott did an excellent job filling in some small-ball minutes, including closing out the game, and Simmons was tremendous throughout the night pushing the ball and finding his teammates. Even his two usual sore spots, turnovers and free throws (4-for-5 on the night) weren’t an issue. Plus, Ben provided more fodder for the “he shoots with the wrong hand” not-so-conspiracy theorists.

Amir Johnson: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover

With all the injuries at the center position, the Sixers basically needed a warm body to man the middle. Instead, they received much, much more with Amir’s best game of the season. As Brett Brown reiterated after the game, “a week and a half ago he drove himself to Delaware so he could play in a G league game.”

Now, Johnson was doing a very nice job against Magic All-Star Nikola Vucevic, part of a contingent holding the former Sixer well below his average at 12 points. He also grabbed a couple offensive rebounds and ran the floor well to pick up some easy buckets, none more exciting than this turn-back-the-clock alley-oop slam!

Mike Scott: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers

Brett Brown is getting more comfortable with the small-ball lineups featuring Scott and Ben Simmons as the big men, both out of necessity and because it’s been effective. Scott was part of the team-wide effort that did a nice job against Vucevic, but he’s mainly out there to stretch the floor, which he did at a 3-for-8 clip from behind the arc. The biggest shot, of course, was the dagger to make it a 6-point game with 48 seconds remaining.


Who is your Bell Ringer for the win over Orlando?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    JJ Redick
    (446 votes)
  • 32%
    Jimmy Butler
    (439 votes)
  • 10%
    Tobias Harris
    (145 votes)
  • 12%
    Ben Simmons
    (176 votes)
  • 9%
    Amir Johnson
    (133 votes)
  • 2%
    Mike Scott
    (29 votes)
1368 votes total Vote Now

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